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Services Held In Pa., Smithfield For Family Killed In Crash

Posted July 20, 2003

— A local family that was killed in a fiery accident in Pennsylvania was buried Sunday, and memorial services were held in Pennsylvania and Smithfield.

Relatives of Kenneth Kerr Jr. gathered at Slippery Rock Cemetery to pay their last respects to the family of five.

The Kerrs were traveling back to Smithfield, N.C., July 7, after visiting relatives near Pittsburgh, when a tractor-trailer went through a stop sign and slammed into their car. Kenneth's wife and three children died at the scene, and he died the next day.

The Rev. Thomas Pierotti said relatives of the Kerrs want "to be able to put the tragedy behind them and move on with a sense of hope."

Killed in the crash were Janet Kerr, Kathleen Kerr, Kenneth Kerr III and Alessandra Hall. The crash occurred about 40 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Kenneth Kerr Jr. was driving the car, which burst into flames as it became embedded under the tractor-trailer. He extricated himself from the wreckage and survived long enough to be taken to a nearby hospital.

Kenneth Kerr Jr. was from Pennsylvania. Janet Kerr worked for the Johnston County Sheriff's Office as a school resource officer.

Friends and neighbors in Smithfield got a chance Sunday to pay their last respects to the Kerr family. A memorial service was held at a Johnston County church where one of the children attended Bible school. Pictures of the family were placed in the front of the church.

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